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Henrico Police Chief: store clerk murder "breaks my heart"

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Henrico's Police Chief has announced an upcoming rally against violence after an arrest in the county's first homicide.

Jamon Burroughs, 19, is behind bars, accused of murdering a beloved convenience store owner on Mechanicsville Turnpike.

A town hall meeting was held Wednesday night in Eastern Henrico.

"God is good. God is good all the time," said Melvin Peyton, who attended the meeting to thank the officers who helped arrest a suspect in the murder of Farooq Bhimdi. "In 24 hours. You can't get no better than that. Thank God for Henrico County."

Henrico leaders gathered to reassure the community about their safety after a suspected attempted robbery ended with Bhimdi shot three times and left to die.

"This was one of those cases where we knew it needed to be solved fast," said Chief Douglas Middleton. "The detectives, the community officers, everybody was working on this."

The arrest was made one mile away from the scene of a crime Middleton calls especially disturbing.

"It is a sad thing, and it breaks my heart," said Middleton.

The family did not want to go on camera but they did come back to the store to take the bears and flowers left outside the store inside before expected showers. Citizens Against Crime is announcing a final gathering this week.

"This is the official prayer vigil," said Charles Willis. "Not taking anything from what the community did earlier, but this one was planned along with the family wishes."

That rally and prayer vigil is this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Express Way convenience store along Mechanicsville Turnpike in Eastern Henrico.

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